With an increasingly competitive golf club equipment market that seems saturated with drivers, irons and enough different golf balls to fill a driving range, the development of golf bags has taken somewhat of a backseat in recent times.
What more can be done to push the boundaries of golf bag technology more than we have already seen? After all, a golf bags needs to fit all your clubs in, look sharp, and leave enough space to sneak in a chocolate bar or five. Begging the question, what’s next for traditional club golf bags?
With Wilson Golf recently boosting it’s range of award-winning golf bags by adding five new Wilson Staff models for the 2017 season, they just might have just come up with the answer.
Wilson Staff Hybrix Golf Bag
The flagship bag of the new range is the new Wilson Staff Hybrix bag that combines both cart and carry use in one simple inventive new model. The new lightweight - an impressive 2.2kg in fact - dual-use Hybrix bag features a stay-flat base and quick-stand actions for ease of use, plus a double-padded strap and soft mesh hip pad for extreme carrying comfort. It also features a trolley holder and anchor base that offers compatibility with what most trolleys on the market.
The top of the Hybrix incorporates a 14-way section with integrated handle and full-length dividers, including a putter well that fits oversized grips. The space offerings in this model seem very impressive and continue for personal belongings.
Six storage pockets provide easy access, including two large accessory options, a full-length apparel holder, a velour-lined compartment for valuables, a front pocket for balls and tees, plus an open sleeve for drinks or easy access to a rangefinder.
Jean-Pierre Degembe, Global Product Line Director at Wilson Golf:
We listened to the needs of golfers across Europe and a hybrid bag was a product that they felt would be ideal for all-year golf. The Hybrix includes all the quality options of our carry and cart bags all-in-one.
Wilson Staff NeXus III Carry Bag
Wilson Golf has added to the popular neXus range with the all-new, sleeker neXus III carry bag incorporating the smooth, quick action stand that plants the base flat on the ground, claiming that the exclusive Exo-frame 360° technology allows its sturdy aluminium frame to work interdependently for greater stability.
This eye-catching design has an Air Flow soft nylon mesh hip-pad, said to keep golfers cool in warm conditions. This bag seems geared directly for the avid golfer as an ergonomically designed four-point double strap features to maximise comfort.
Seven pockets provide easy access and plenty of storage space, plus a six-way 9” x 8” top that incorporates three full-length dividers for club organisation. Three-integrated handles provide easy transportation and new base geometry allows the bag to fit on standard trolleys and carts.
Once again diversity for the ‘modern-day’ golfer is clearly something that has been taken into account with this model. Weighing 2.4kg, made from a new heather-weave fabric used in durable outdoor garments to provide maximum protection from the elements, and available in six eye-catching colour schemes including Black/Orange and Navy/Red, the neXus III sounds like a real contender for one of the bags of the year.
Wilson Staff Nexus III Cart Bag
The Wilson Staff neXus III cart bag features the same Exo-frame 360° technology, whilst comprising four-fibre reinforced plastic connectors that allow weight to be removed from the structure of the bag, yet provide extra support overall.
Within an increased 11” x 9.5” top from the previous model, the neXus III cart version also features 14 S-Lock placeholders that secure single clubs near the hosel that Wilson Golf claims will prevent rattling and bag wear between holes. A top pass-through strap and the 10” x 9” base with a new trolley anchor provides secure connection to a cart or trolley.
Nine pockets cleverly designed for easy access to belongings offer enough space to fit even the most cumbersome of waterproofs, and are accompanied by an external front putter well that accommodates oversized grips, along with external tee, pen and divot tool sleeves for easy retrieval. An umbrella holder, Velcro glove patch, large towel ring and rain hood complete the list of features on offer.
The neXus range has been so successful that we wanted to build on the award-winning bags to create something special for the 2017 range…and the result is the latest neXus III models.
Wilson Staff iLock Cart Bag
The new Wilson Staff iLock cart bag will catch golfers eyes over the exclusive moulded top with nine iron-locking holders to keep club heads firmly in place, plus four open dividers for woods and an oversized putter grip. Not your average lock bag top, but one that has taken the issue of bag wear seriously and claims to have pulled it off.
Made from a diamond polyester fabric for durability through travel and adverse weather conditions, the iLock cart bag offers plenty of storage with Nine pockets, including two extra-large garment areas and four external options A front grab handle and new trolley base provide ease of movement and secure connection to a cart or trolley.
Wilson Staff Ionix SL Barry Bag
The Ionix SL (SuperLight) is the lightest bag in the new Wilson Staff bag range at 1.7kg said to be perfect for the avid walker demanding a comfortable carry and quick activating stand. The Ionix SL is Wilson Staff’s answer to the ‘cheeky nine-hole after work’ bag, offering a contemporary design that no doubt will attract a younger generation of golfers.
A small, 9” x 7” five-way top with three-full length dividers provides plenty of space for club organisation, whilst the base matches the dimension of the top to produce a stay-flat system for even greater stability. The four-point ergonomic double strap allows for a comfortable carry, along with a rubber grab handle at the top of the bag for convenient manoeuvrability.
Six pockets for access to belongings include one full-length garment pouch, a valuables pocket with rain repellent zip, three large ball and accessory options, plus two external sleeves. Features that appear on the entire Wilson Staff bag range include an umbrella holder, Velcro glove patch, towel ring and rain hood. Whilst available in five fashionable colours including: Black/White, Red/Black, White/Black, Blue/White and all Black.
The range also includes bags that have remained from the previous year - the rain-resistant Dry Tech cart and carry bags designed using a sturdy polyester fabric, with a protective PU coating that ensures clubs and belongings stay dry in wet weather conditions.
There is one thing that stands out in this range, and it’s what Wilson Staff have grown to be known for over the years – diversity. They have taken into account the needs of the modern day golfer and produced a set of bags which really do cover all bases, whilst managing to be aesthetically pleasing too.